Leipzig win, keep Bayern waiting for title

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Leipzig have kept Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich waiting for the title thanks to a 2-0 win over 10-man Stuttgart.

Leipzig cut the gap on Bayern to seven points with three rounds still remaining on Sunday and can mathematically still win the title if Bayern follow their surprise 2-1 loss at Mainz on Saturday with a late-season collapse.

Bayern next host Borussia Monchengladbach on May 8, when they can seal a record-extending ninth straight title.

Leipzig's focus was on Champions League qualification, and that is now virtually assured with Julian Nagelsmann's team consolidating their second place.

Leipzig are nine points ahead of fifth-place Borussia Dortmund, with the top four all qualifying for Europe's premier competition.

Nagelsmann's side were glad to make amends after just one win in their last four games.

"The game and the win were important because otherwise we would have been in an uncomfortable position," said Leipzig midfielder Kevin Kampl, whose team next has a German Cup semifinal against struggling Werder Bremen on Friday.

Leipzig's task was made easier early on when Stuttgart's Naouirou Ahamada was sent off for a studs-up challenge on Amadou Haidara.

Referee Deniz Aytekin initially showed yellow but changed his mind after getting a prompt from the video referee to check replays.

Stuttgart goalkeeper Gregor Kobel kept the game scoreless to the break, but Haidara made the breakthrough right after it, when Dani Olmo crossed for the Mali midfielder to score his third goal of the season.

Kobel produced an outstanding double-save to deny Angelino, and Olmo from the rebound, in the 63rd - four minutes before Emil Forsberg made it 2-0 with a penalty.

Stuttgart have now lost their last four games, leaving the club a point off the 40 total that sporting director Sven Mislintat identified as its target for the season.

In the day's other game, Breel Embolo scored twice as Borussia Monchengladbach routed relegation-threatened Arminia Bielefeld 5-0.

The Switzerland striker opened the scoring in the sixth minute before Marcus Thuram's strike and Ramy Bensebaini's penalty had Gladbach 3-0 up after 18 minutes.

The home side had to wait until the 69th for Embolo to grab the fourth goal. He then set up Alassane Plea to complete the scoring in the 84th.